Kirchner Trial Recesses For The Weekend


POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:38pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 4:14pm

DOWNTOWN EL PASO- The jury has gone home for the weekend after hearing four days of testimony in the murder trial of Travis Kirchner.

Kirchner is charged with murdering his elderly mother Patricia Kirchner two years ago. Kirchner claims that he made a suicide pact with his mother, but only his mother followed through with it.

On Friday afternoon, a psychologist testified about visiting Kirchner when he was in jail a week after his mother died.

Although the jury was not allowed to hear Dr. Mark Ramirez testify , Ramirez says his goal meeting with Kirchner was to be able to decide if Kirchner was mentally stable enough to not harm himself if he was released on bond.

Ramirez says Kirchner made him aware both his father and sister had committed suicide.

He says Kirchner had stopped eating and sleeping while he was in jail. Ramirez also says that if Kirchner had been suicidal the day he evaluated him, then he would have recommended he be admitted to an impatience psychiatric facility.

During their two hour conversation, Ramirez testified Kirchner told him everything that happened the night his mother died, and that he made a suicide pact with her. According to Ramirez, Kirchner was sad he did not die along side her as planned.

"He said he regretted he did not pass with his mother. He said 'I should be with my mother in a better place." said Ramirez.

On Monday, we will find out if the jury will be able to hear Ramirez testify, and if Travis Kirchner himself will take the stand.

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